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Don Metz maintains a small, selective practice in Lyme, NH, concentrating on challenging residential projects

Don Metz's new book
"Confessions of a Country Architect"

is now available


Don Metz's Confessions describes the life of a residential country architect with wry humor and pathos. This book will delight all those who have built a house, forearm those summoning up the courage to do so, and calm those who realize their talents might be better confined to an armchair with a view. Readers will be seduced by the author's adventures as he confronts the awkward, intractable, and hilariously messy job of building dreams.

Order from the publisher or Amazon now.



Superhouse, the book.

The next generation of passive solar, energy saving houses.

If you want to build or remodel a house to save energy, and spend less for fuels, you know there are three roads to take––earth sheltered, double envelopes, and superinsulated. Which one best meets your needs?

Explore these approaches with architect Don Metz:

• Earth-sheltered. These houses are “dry, light, airy, and energy-efficient, warm in winter, cool in summer.”
• Double envelope. “We know it works. Energy consumption is extremely low.”
• Superinsulated. It’s a “boring, predictable, prosaic concept that works so simply that it almost takes the adventure out of building Green.”

Superhouse author Don Metz says, “I’d like to remind the reader that some important decisions in building design have nothing to do with BTUs and U factors.”